Pakistan hits rock bottom in freedom review
WASHINGTON: Largely due to emergency rule last year and the sacking of superior court judges, Pakistan fares badly in Freedom House’s ‘Freedom in the World Report 2008’, notching up low ratings on political rights and civil liberties, in addition to being included among countries considered “not free”.
Pakistan scores a rating of 6 in terms of political rights and 5 in civil liberties, the best score being 1 and the lowest being 7. India, on the other hand, comes out as “free”, earning 2 for political rights and 3 for civil liberties.
According to Freedom House, “Pakistan received a downward trend arrow to reflect the imposition of martial law, under which restrictions were placed on freedom of assembly and the media, politicians and human rights activists were held under house arrest, the constitution was suspended, and the Supreme Court was disbanded.” Pakistan is expected to do far better in next year’s survey because of the return of elected rule.
Source: Daily Times